The Poorman's OC "4 Under $6": Top 10 Christmas Gifts "4 Under $6"!
Ho, Ho, Ho, and a great big Hoe to one and all!!! 'Tis the season, "The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year", and that means your 'favorite' activity, Christmas shopping!!!!! Don't you just love it...Going to the Malls, Fighting the Traffic, Buying online (while praying you don't get hacked), and most importantly watching your bank account get sucked out of existence. So what do you do when you have no money, but you have to buy presents? The answer is spend less on gifts. The question is where are these inexpensive gifts? In my own small way, let me help. I present to you the 1st Annual Poorman's Top 10 Christmas Gifts '4 Under $6'.
For the past two weeks, my Christmas shopping search has taken me on a veritable retail extravaganza through many areas of Orange County. I visited 24 stores: Dollar Tree-Fountain Valley, Dollar Tree-Santa Ana, Big Lots-Fountain Valley, Big Lots-Santa Ana, Michaels-Santa Ana, Walmart-Laguna Niguel, Happy Fish Pets-Brea, Home Depot-La Habra, CVS Pharmacy-Huntington Beach, Kmart-Costa Mesa, Target-Huntington Beach, 99 Cents Only Store-Huntington Beach, 99 Cents Only Store-Brea, Ross Dress For Less, Costa Mesa, Toys R Us-Mission Viejo, Ikea-Costa Mesa, Nordstrom-Costa Mesa, Victoria's Secret-Costa Mesa, Work Your Brain-Costa Mesa, The Container Store-Costa Mesa, Marshall's-Costa Mesa, Bloomingdales-Costa Mesa, Brookstone-Costa Mesa, The Frog House-Newport Beach, and Fry's Electronics-Fountain Valley. I made 'Under $6' purchases in many of them. My shopping is already done! This year everybody gets 'Under $6' presents...and I feel good about it. There are a lot of great inexpensive gifts! You just have to look for them.
Here are a few things to note while Christmas shopping this year. Many stores have sales going on. They range in length from one day to the entire Christmas season. Some of my purchases involved taking advantage of these sales. They may or may not still be available. Even if they aren't, you'll definitely find new ones! Also, be aware that inventories sell fast this time of year, so get going ASAP. One interesting observation involves the crowds in the stores; they weren't that big. That's good news for you, maybe not so good for the stores. I did some online shopping as well. There are plenty of deals online. Some involve a shipping cost, some don't. My problem with online shopping is you can't see the product in person. It may look good in Pics, but when you get it, the product might be quite different. Additionally, will you get it before Christmas? Is there a delivery charge? That makes a big difference if you're buying something '4 Under $6'. I did make one purchase at amazon.com that was only 89 cents, and amazingly, there wasn't a delivery charge! I haven't received it yet, however. Due to these issues, I will concentrate completely on purchases at retail outlets. Call me Mr. Old School if you'd like! I can take it!
Anyhow, there you have it. Let's get going, and start counting them down from 10 to Number 1, and here they are!!!!!
10. Poo-Dough, $4.99
Freak out your friends! This looks so real, they'll think you "pooped" it yourself. It includes 3 cans of Poo-Dough and even a mold and fold! This makes the perfect gift for someone who appreciates gross humor...like myself! (I bought mine for $4.99; Originally priced at $7.99.)
Toys R Us-Mission Viejo
25362 El Paseo Road
Mission Viejo, Ca. 92691
9. Illusion Bank, $4.95
See your money disappear just like in real life with the Illusion Bank! Drop a coin in the slot and watch it vanish while a smiley face leers back at you. It's a real bank with a magic secret...Where do the coins go? The only way to know for sure is to purchase it for $4.95 at Work Your Brain "Games And Puzzles For A Reason". This seasonal store is an extension of Puzzle Zoo, and is only open during the Christmas season. It's worth noting that the girl who helped me find the Illusion Bank is the Puzzle Zoo owner's 10 year old very bright daughter Ginny who says she's worked there since she was five. Gotta love that child labor! At this rate, by the time she's 15, I'll be hitting her up for a loan!
Work Your Brain
South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol Street Level 1 Carousel Court Bloomingdale's Wing
Costa Mesa, Ca. 92626
8. Nordstrom Nail Files, $4.95
A friend challenged me to find something under $6 at the most expensive stores. I thought that was a pretty fun idea, so I visited the ultra pricey Nordstrom at South Coast Plaza. As they say in hockey "He shoots, he scores!!!!" In the cosmetic section on the ground floor in an area referred to as the "Nordstrom Beauty Spot", I discovered you can purchase a package of two glittery Nordstrom private label Nail Files for "only" $4.95. They even place your purchase in a free designer bag. These files are very thick and look very posh. I mean, come on, of course you could buy nail files at Target for $1, but you tell me, wouldn't you rather say you bought them at Nordstrom? Impress your friends. My file purchases are going to be gifts for my two teenage nieces. I'll let you know how it goes.
Nordstrom South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol Street Space 2024
Costa Mesa, Ca. 92626